Category Archives: — 歴史

2019年2月12日「モバイル英語学習」第591号(英語のエッセイ): Queen for 67 Years!

Notes
crown 〈人を〉王位につかせる;
Ceylon 現在のスリランカに存在した立憲君主制国家(英連邦王国);
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Queen Elizabeth II has now been queen for 67 years. She became queen on February 6, 1952, after the death of her father, George IV. Elizabeth was crowned more than one year later on June 2, 1953. The ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey and was shown on TV all over the world. At that time, Elizabeth II was the Queen of many countries besides the United Kingdom: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Now these countries are independent, but she is still the Queen of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. (by Prof.Douglas Jarrell)

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2018年11月20日「モバイル英語学習」第576号(英語のエッセイ): A New Kilogram?

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Is there a new kilogram? Yes and no. A kilogram is still 1,000 grams, but how do you know if a kilogram in your country weighs as much as a kilogram in another country? In the late 1800s, a group of countries agreed to use a standard weight. They made a perfect kilogram and called it “Le Grand K.” They kept it in Paris. It became the standard, and other countries made copies from it. There was a problem, however. Somehow, the weight of Le Grand K changed. Now scientists have found a new way to measure a kilogram. They don’t need Le Grand K any more. There is a new kilogram. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年11月5日「モバイル英語学習」第574号(英語のエッセイ): Daylight Saving Time is 100 Years Old

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Daylight Saving Time 夏時間;
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Daylight Saving Time is 100 years old this year. It started in the U.S. in 1918. Clocks were moved forward one hour in March so that the sun would come up later and the evenings would stay light longer. This helped to save energy because people didn’t need to use lights in the early evening. Every November, they changed their clocks back. This year, that change came yesterday. Many people now believe that Daylight Saving Time is no longer necessary. It doesn’t save energy because people drive around more. Also, people’s bodies and brains have trouble getting used to the time change. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年9月14日「モバイル英語学習」第565号(英語のエッセイ): Turning Grey

Notes
Respect for the Aged Day 敬老の日;
turn grey 老人社会になる
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Today is Respect for the Aged Day. This is the day to say “hello” and “thank you” to your grandmother or grandfather. Don’t forget to be nice to the other elderly people in your neighborhood, too. When this holiday was created in 1966, there were about 6 million people who were elderly (65 and over). Only 250 of them were 100 years old and older. Now there are more than 35 million elderly people in Japan. They make up almost 28 percent of Japan’s population. More than 2000 of them are 100 years and older. Japan is definitely turning grey! (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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